Folic acid fortification started quite recently in the year 1998, where its presence in flour is said to be responsible for the huge decline in the incidence of neural tube defects in babies in the U.S and Canada. In a recent Roundtable Discussion on Folic Acid organized by the Department of Science and Technology-National Academy of Science and Technology (DOST-NAST) held in Manilla, Philippines, speakers stressed that birth defects could be avoided if the country has a mandatory legislation on fortifying food with folic acid.
According to Food Fortification Initiative executive officer for Asia Dr Karen Codling ““Eighty-one countries currently have mandatory legislation for the fortification of wheat flour”. He further adds “The Philippines is one of the 5 countries with mandatory fortification of wheat flour that does not include folic acid,” Folic acid, a B vitamin, is usually found in dark green and leafy vegetables such as Asparagus, turnip greens, dried or fresh beans and peas, etc. helps in preventing some specific types of anaemia, birth defects, and neural tube defects (NTDs) of the brain, spinal cord and spine.
According to NAST academician and University of the Philippines Manila chancellor Carmencita Padilla, a law aimed to frame a policy to include adequate folic acid consumption in daily food through the process of food fortification and supplementation is in the process of being proposed by the National Institutes of Health’s Institute of Human Genetics.
A press statement on the above discussion said that wheat and maize flour fortification have been recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) should be considered when industrially produced flour is consumed by large percentage of population in a country and as an effective interventions against conditions such as NTDs. During the forum, National Nutrition Council Nutrition Policy and Planning chief Ma. Lourdes Vega said that the local flour industry is looking forward to folic acid fortification mandated by law. The aforementioned developments will drive the demand and offer growth opportunities in global and Chinese folic acid industry. Recently, Pro Research Report has added a report titled “Market Research Report on Global and Chinese Folic Acid Industry, 2009-2019”. The report offers an insight into the market trends, current market dynamics and detailed forecast and segmentation along with valuable data on market shares and size of various segments across the globe with a focus on China.